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Perfect Squares and Perfect Cubes Posters

I am very excited about these perfect squares and perfect cubes posters that I created to decorate my high school math classroom! These posters were inspired by the amazing Clarissa Grandi, a maths teacher in the UK.

perfect squares and perfect cubes posters for high school math classroom decorations

If you like making math pretty and colorful, you must check out Clarissa Grandi’s website!  I highly recommend checking out her classroom display ideas post.

Clarissa shared a visual representation of the different perfect squares and cubes. She placed pre-cut numbers on top of the squares/cubes. I decided I wanted to simplify things and create a set of printable posters where the numbers are printed directly on the squares and cubes.

I created posters for both the first ten perfect squares and the first ten perfect cubes.

perfect squares and perfect cubes posters for high school math classroom decorations

I printed the perfect squares and perfect cubes posters on colored paper and laminated them.


drawing of laminator machine with text "laminating recommendations"

A laminator is a MUST-HAVE for me as a math teacher! I spent my first six years as a teacher at a school with a broken laminator, so I had to find a way to laminate things myself.

I’ve had several laminators over the years. I currently use a Scotch laminator at home and a Swingline laminator at school.

I highly recommend splurging a bit on the actual laminator and buying the cheapest laminating pouches you can find!

If a printable reference chart is more your jam, check out my free printable list of perfect squares.

I also added some title posters that say “Perfect Squares” and “Perfect Cubes.”

I just LOVE looking at these!

I do need to give credit where credit is due. My husband graciously used his geogebra skills to make the images of the cubes for me.  Thanks Shaun!

perfect squares and perfect cubes posters for high school math classroom decorations

Did you notice that I used the same colors for both sets of posters?  This way, 1 squared and 1 cubed are the same color.  2 squared and 2 cubed are the same color, etc.  

The first time I printed these posters off, I somehow got the colors off.  It bugged me so much I had to print another set!

Perfect Squares and Cubes Posters in High School Math Classroom

Fun Fact: These perfect squares posters are perfect for helping students with the Perfect Squares Puzzle.

More Perfect Squares Poster

You might also be interested in the More Perfect Squares Poster I created when I realized my students needed to recognize perfect squares higher than 100.

(This was originally posted as a separate blog post on August 31, 2017)

More Perfect Squares Poster

Last year, I put up posters of the first ten perfect squares and perfect cubes in my room. They looked awesome, and students referenced them throughout the year. However, I found that my students often needed to know if a number that was higher than 100 was a perfect square.

More Perfect Squares Poster

I don’t have the wall space necessary to go farther (or the patience necessary to tape that many more posters on the wall!), so I made a More Perfect Squares poster to hang next to my existing posters.

Here’s what I came up with:

More Perfect Squares Poster

I printed this More Perfect Squares poster on 11 x 17 cardstock.

I was given a package of this cardstock a few years ago, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it for the longest time. Then, I started making posters with it.

poster with perfect squares from 121 to 1600

Later, I began using it to make group-sized reusable activities with my 11 x 17 dry erase pockets.

I’ve used so much of it lately, that I just had to order a new package from Amazon!

If you want a printable reference chart for your students, check out my printable list of perfect squares.

Free Download of Perfect Squares and Perfect Cubes Posters

These posters are available in PDF format and as editable Publisher files. You will need to make sure you have Microsoft Publisher installed on your computer in order to edit the files.

If you want to edit the Publisher file, you’ll also need to download the font HVD Comic Serif Pro or substitute your own favorite font.

Perfect Squares – PDF

Perfect Squares Posters (PDF) (6385 downloads )

Perfect Cubes – PDF

Perfect Cube Posters (PDF) (5198 downloads )

1-10 Labels – PDF

Numbers 1-10 for Perfect Squares and Perfect Cubes (PDF) (4540 downloads )

More Perfect Squares – PDF

More Perfect Squares Poster (PDF) (1668 downloads )

Editable Publisher Files

Perfect Squares and Perfect Cubes Posters (Editable Publisher Files ZIP) (3152 downloads )

More Perfect Squares Poster (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (863 downloads )

You can find all of the posters I’ve ever created on my posters page.


Tuesday 1st of October 2019

Great idea! Don't know if you have noticed, but 3^2 has 12 squares instead of 9.

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

I fixed the file. It was an OOPS! moment...


Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Thank you so much for creating and sharing! I love this visual and am excited to have them hung up in my classroom. Hopefully my students will like it half as much as I do.


Monday 17th of September 2018

Thank you so much!!! Anyway to make the perfect squares up to 15? I've tried to do it, but can only print the numbers...I've never used publisher!


Monday 17th of September 2018

I actually figured it out! Thanks again for creating these...I will be posting them in my room tomorrow!

Lisa Smith

Saturday 25th of August 2018

Thank you for sharing!! Getting them ready this week for my wall!


Tuesday 7th of August 2018

THANK YOU!!! This is perfect for my 6th grade students to see and visualize what squares and cubes even are!!! Thanks!

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